From the Editor:

Everyone is a writer and I invite all of you to submit an article. Our newsletter welcomes any article with an historical basis.

In a recent newsletter we had an article about gristmills in Sampson County. Steve Lewis who grew up near Mary’s Chapel Church but now lives in Elbert, CO. writes…

“If I remember correctly there was a mill on a little stream behind my mama and daddy’s property. The approximate location was probably across the road from the church, behind the Steed’s hog house. I think Mama used to call it something like Junius’ old mill. There were a few old stone relics around that location. I remember seeing them when I was hunting down that branch/stream and saw pieces but I don’t remember seeing any pond dam or anything associated with a mill pond. In that general area, I also remember seeing an old pine tree with v-shaped cuts from the collection of sap from the old tree.“


David Pope from Morganton, NC writes…

“My earlies documented ancestor is Owen Pope (1795-1850), who immigrated from Sampson County to Anson County around 1815. I believe Owen to be a son of Joshua Pope, who is found on the 1880 Sampson County Census. It is likely that Joshua was a brother to Jonathan Pope who married the daughter of Fleet Cooper, and immigrated to Laurens County, GA in 1811. I’ve done DNA testing and am looking for documented Sampson County Popes to compare DNA results. I’d would be willing to pay for the cost of DNA testing if there is a direct male descendant of “Thomas Pope, the Younger”, son of Thomas Pope d. 1760, who was married to Mary Lee, daughter of Joshua Lee. I would also be willing to consider paying for DNA other Sampson County Popes who might be related. If interested, please contact David Pope (123 Morehead St. Morganton, NC 28655), (336-414-3117), (”


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